step - definition and synonyms

verb [intransitive] 

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present tense
present participlestepping
past tensestepped
past participlestepped
  1. 1
    to move by putting one foot down in front of or behind the other
    step back/down/into etc:

    Step back or you’ll get hit by the ball.

    I stepped onto the platform and started to speak.

    Another soldier was injured when he stepped on a landmine.

  2. 2
    to move or walk a short distance
    step into/away from/up to/over etc:

    Sally stepped gingerly into the icy water.

    We stepped aside to let them pass.

    He stepped from his car and helped her out.

    step inside/outside:

    Please step inside and wait for a moment.

  3.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    step it/things up to start to do something more intensely or more seriously

    I decided to step it up a bit and over the course of a month create a whole new outfit from my wardrobe without buying anything new.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 13/08/2014